Coffee, Books, Deals, and Chapter 9.

1 Comment As the title of this post indicates, today is comparable to Christmas, July 4th, and the birth of your first child, all rolled into one. This week we’re launching Heather Lende‘s new book, Take Good…

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3 Loaves: Levain, at Last!

1 Comment 1 Comment Inspired by William Alexander‘s new book 52 LOAVES, One Man’s Relentless Pursuit of Truth, Meaning and a Perfect Crust, I am in my third week of learning how to bake bread from a natural starter,…

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There’s a rabbi in the freezer…

1 Comment 1 Comment In anticipation of today’s excerpt from Steve Stern‘s The Frozen Rabbi, I sat down with a copy of the book last night, intending to maybe read the first chapter, feel out Stern’s prose, and fall…

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An Excerpt from A Son Of The Game

No Comments No Comments Today we have an excerpt from James Dodson‘s award winning A Son Of The Game. This wise memoir about finding new meaning through an old sport is filled with anecdotes about the history of the…

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What Rhymes With Wednesday?

1 Comment 1 Comment For this, the final Wednesday of National Poetry Month, I’ve decided to go with one of my favorite poems from a contemporary poet. Billy Collins is clever and relevant and perfect to read aloud–partly because…

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Hairbands: A Poem From Julia Alvarez

4 Comments 4 Comments I’m always happy when National Poetry Month comes along.  It’s easy to forget about poetry in our busy lives, in our busy world. We don’t seem to forget to read novels or newspapers or works…

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I Thought You Were Dead – Read the First Chapter!

No Comments No Comments I Thought You Were Dead, by Pete Nelson, is on sale now. Independent booksellers across the country have been reading and recommending this new novel, and we are so excited that it is the #1…

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What Rhymes With Wednesday?

No Comments No Comments The Emperor of Ice Cream by Wallace Stevens Call the roller of big cigars, The muscular one, and bid him whip In kitchen cups concupiscent curds. Let the wenches dawdle in such dress As they…

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Short Story Pick-of-the-Month

2 Comments 2 Comments I admit it: I love a great villain. A knowledgeable writer goes beyond the sometimes bombastic, destructive wake of a villain, provides opportunities for the character to change – or adamantly refuse to change –…

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National Poetry Month Kick-Off!

1 Comment 1 Comment April is National Poetry Month! Begun in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month was set up to promote the continued reading, writing, and appreciation of poetry. On their website, you can…

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